McEwan's Scotch Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
330ml bottle. New brewer, new beer? Not entirely sure, but a few of these fell to me recently as party leftovers, so I thought I'd see how this brand has kept up, as such.
This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with three lazy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some broadly spectral swaths of splattered lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.
It smells of strangely thin, but at least complicated caramel malt (treacle, toffee, and nougat all represented, if not wholly respectable), wet dark bread, a more rounded black fruitiness - plum, dried cherry, and sultana raisin - a subtle hint of ashy char, warm red wine notes, and earthy, grassy, and leafy hops, sedated all. The taste is bready caramel malt, dime-store toffee candies, a fading chocolate bar sugary character, straining at the tether peaty notes, muddled bruised fruit - maybe a bit of banana and overripe cherries prevailing - and leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed (courtesy of you-know-whooo) hops.
The bubbles are generally understated, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight (neither wee, nor heavy), and pretty smooth, in the not quite fulfilled version of each term's intended meaning. It finishes off-dry, and much less sweet than I might be remembering, but, there it is.
It's been a real while, but I have to say that age and distraction aren't the only things messing with my recollection of the most recent ex-brewer's version vis-à-vis this current one. Sweet and malty, sure. A bit Scotchy in its vegetal astringency? You bet. Ok, so this does well enough by McEwen's legacy, but you won't see me rushing out late next January to sweep up more of this, I'm afraid.
07-29-2014 03:22:31 | More by biboergosum
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Yeah, it's a different brewery, and it's been several years since my last "original" McEwan's, but I'm still excited to finally pour this stuff into a glass again. It pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger or so of baked khaki foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, dark greens, mild dark fruits, light brown sugar, and a hint of what may or may not be peat smoke. The taste brings in more of the same, the spiced caramel and dark fruits really coming together to support the greenery and vice-versa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, it may not necessarily live up to my romanticized memory of the original stuff, but it's some damn tasty beer regardless. Good times.
05-01-2014 22:43:36 | More by TMoney2591
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head
Smell - cherry, plums, raisins, bit of peat
Taste - plums, cherries, caramel, grape, bit of smokey peat
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, rich,bit of sweetness upfront, flavors linger properly
Overall - I was happy to see this one back in the States and I enjoyed drinking this. A well made scotch ale. Recommended.
Price Point - $10.99/ 4pk 11.2 oz bottles
04-22-2014 15:10:11 | More by keithmurray
5/5 rDev +29.9%
A: Dark brown color with white foam on the top
S: Nice aroma of caramel and sweetness
T: Caramel, sweet through little of bitterness
M: Low carbonation, thick and very smooth
One of my favorite beers, was looking for it for a while and I'm glad they finally brought it back.
04-21-2014 06:31:23 | More by baltija
British Columbia (Canada)
4.61/5 rDev +19.7%
I'm loving that they brought this beer back to British Columbia.
A: Cola coloured liquid with slight carbonation and slight tan head at the rim of the glass.
S: Plums, prunes, raisins, grass.
T: Dark fruit, plums, prunes, toffee, chocolate, biscuit.
M: Medium to thick viscosity and medium to low fine carbonation.
O: I have always loved this beer. I haven't had it in years, but it has stood up in my opinion. This is a malt lovers dream and is up there with Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter and Imperial Stout for me.
02-07-2014 02:31:51 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.14/5 rDev +7.5%
A: huge 2" khaki-colored head rises up on the pour with little effort - open foam structure - it holds together well, high, though when I overpour, not spilling off the sides of the glass, maintaining a "belly-button" foam ring atop for a couple minutes.... deep burnt orange-red hue to the clean-filtered liquid... nice display of crystalline lace rings
S: moderately toasty-roasty grain aroma hits first atop an upsurge of dark fruit esters - vinous, prune, applejack.... soft, fragrant alcohol and medium crystal malt comes through lastly.... a nice bit going on, mild-moderate intensity, though nothing extraordinary
T: hard to call this overly-sweet... it's just about right.... it's got impressions of added sweetness through the alcohol and the dark-roast crystal malt flavors.... the fairly bold candy-sugar-like flavors remind me a bit of dark abbey ales.... tiny hint of juicy raisin in the aftertaste.... dark, concentrated-syrupy malt mostly, attenuated a touch with a mist of ghostly, floral booze and a faint mineral/metallic (blood, iron) lingering tang.... just not enough (malt) depth in the follow-through...
M: a little overly carbonated? - more foamy-washy than dextrin-rich at first.... mildly sticky and delicately viscous afterwards, though there is a sense of it finishing a touch too thin... has enough substance but it lacks a bit of the plump roundness I dig....
O: I guess this is what I would've expected - this being a re-issue and all... I think it's done fairly well - fairly cautiously straight-forward (with maybe a bit of a nod to Burton ales??) - and I'm sure it will be proclaimed that the original product had a more character (never having had the pleasure of trying it myself).... definitely best sampled at cellar temp or warmer.... $10/4-pack? - I'd buy it again down the line
01-24-2014 03:27:33 | More by Bouleboubier
McEwan's Scotch Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.